Stannah, a UK lift company, has installed new escalators and lifts to improve access at London’s Paddington Station.
On February 12, 2012, the old taxi rank at Paddington Station closed, and in its place, a brand new elevated taxi rank, created above Platform 12, opened for business. Stannah, a UK lift company, was instrumental in the development of the new facilities, supplying and installing escalators and lifts for essential access to the main concourse and platforms on the lower level.
The deadline was met after six months of accelerated work, and the new taxi facility opened on February 12, 2012. This enabled Crossrail to begin its main station construction on time, in accordance with the demanding construction schedule.
In the summer of 2012, the area underwent additional finishing cosmetic work.
To meet the deadline, Stannah engineers worked their final shift for more than 24 hours. Failure would have resulted in a delay in the activation of new traffic lights, preventing the opening of the new taxi rank and, as a result, stalling Crossrail.
Andy Swift, project manager for Carillion’s Paddington Integrated Project C272, praised everyone involved in meeting the deadline.
“Despite the very low temperatures over the final weekend, it truly was a great team effort that allowed us to overcome the challenges that we faced over the last few months, and without everyone being dedicated and determined to achieve this goal, we would not have made it,” he said.
“Over the last few weeks, it was clear on site that the momentum was building and that the determination to deliver on time was evident.” Congratulations to everyone.”
“We were determined and delighted to meet the absolutely crucial deadline,” said Ken Price, operations manager for Stannah Major Projects, and Ian Carter, escalator and moving walkway department manager, adding, “but we are aware that there is still work to do to achieve the final finish to the entire area around the two escalators and two lifts.”
“It was an incredible team effort that enabled the new equipment to be fully operational and provide the public with vital access.”
The duplex 16-person/1,200kg two-stop hydraulic bespoke passenger lifts are finished to industry specifications and thus meet the requirements of the Lifts Directive (95/16/EC) 1995 and EN 81-1/2 safety rules for lift construction and installation.
Both lifts are built to the highest standards, with electronic 3D safety edges on all car doors, alarm push buttons, and two-way communication systems in the cars and at each landing.
Lift travel information is also provided by in-car speech synthesisers at each landing. They each have landings with a clear access of 1,100mm x 2,100mm and operate at a contract speed of 0.63 metres per second.
The Stannah escalators are located on either side of a central stairway leading to the main station concourse. Butler & Young Lift Consultants manufactured and installed heavy duty transport escalators to Network Rail specifications for contractor Carillion and client Crossrail.
This specification includes a full VVVF (variable voltage, variable frequency) drive system that allows for slow speed control when traffic is light, conserving energy and meeting BREEAM requirements.
All Stannah lifting equipment at Paddington is guaranteed and will be maintained by the Stannah Lift Services Dartford branch, which covers London and the South East as part of the nationwide service and maintenance contract with Network Rail.
Stannah, founded in 1867, completes approximately 30,000 installations and more than 220,000 site visits each year. Across the UK, the company supplies, instals, and maintains a variety of escalators and moving walkways for a variety of applications.
Its highly trained engineers also look after more than 85,000 lifts, providing a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year service for both Stannah products and most other types of lifts.